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Lawmakers OK report to Supreme Court about school funding

BELLEVUE — State lawmakers Tuesday approved their report to the Supreme Court detailing what they did and what they must still do to adequately fund public schools by a 2018 deadline.The analysis explains how money was put in the new two-year state budget to cover...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

New rule to protect streams near coal mines

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed new regulations Thursday designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans, even as the administration projected only modest job losses in coal...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Sheriff’s office pays $600K to settle public records lawsuit

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has paid a corrections deputy $600,000 to settle a lawsuit for mishandling his public records request.The deputy alleged that the sheriff's office did not supply him any records for four years after receiving his request...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Local News

Details of death reveal disturbing, inhumane treatment

On April 20, Keaton Farris was arrested for failing to appear at a hearing for passing a bad check. He had no previous record. At the time of his arrest he told a Lynnwood police officer: "I'm off my meds and I'm pretty anxious right now but your badge is calming me...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

Everett City Council’s decision rejects local businesses, revenue

It’s been just over one year since the marijuana industry opened its first retail store in Washington state, generating more than $143 million, with sales now averaging more than $2 million a day in the state. Despite this success, many applicants are struggling to find state compliant properties...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Commentary

It’s legal; let them do business

The city of Everett has been cautious as it, Snohomish County and the rest of the state navigate how to turn a once-illegal substance into a legitimate industry.With the state adjusting its own rules,...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Editorials

Gov. Walker opposes open records bill changes

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Saturday that he wants his fellow Republicans who control the Legislature to remove or significantly rein in a facet of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state's open records laws.The...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Sex offenders sue, cite religious beliefs

INDIANAPOLIS — A lawsuit filed on behalf of two registered sex offenders cites Indiana’s new religious objections law in arguing they’ve been wrongly prohibited from worshipping at churches that have schools on the same property.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Everett closer to enacting a permanent pot ordinance

EVERETT — For the first time since the legal marijuana shops opened a year ago, the city of Everett is moving toward a permanent ordinance regulating how and where the new businesses will operate.Everett has been

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News

Careful with those fireworks

Dry weather, heat add to danger

Date: 06/29/2015 | Local News

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

Another shooting. More shock. More disbelief. More fumbling about for answers. But mostly there's either an uncertainty of how to move forward or an unwillingness to do so.Following Wednesday night's massacre of nine people at Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel African...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Editorials

Recognize medical cannabis

In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Editorials

Background checks save lives

It's satisfying and reassuring when the facts confirm common sense.When 59 percent of Washington state voters passed Initiative 594 last fall, most voted for the initiative with the conviction that it made sense, common sense, to make it more difficult for felons and others...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Editorials

Congress won’t be there for Obamacare

Things clearly had gotten off on the wrong foot.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wanted to know whether President Obama is going to work with Congress to rewrite health care law if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare —...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trade bills must pass Congress

Three votes yet to be taken in Congress — two in the House and one in the Senate — will have a significant impact on jobs and the economy in Washington state and for the rest of the nation.And both are meeting resistance from a bipartisan coalition in both...

Date: 06/08/2015 | Editorials

U.S. can be soccer’s impartial referee

We're used to seeing soccer players fling themselves to the ground, writhe in feigned agony and complain bitterly about the injustice of it all. Now the international overlords of the game are beginning to do the same.Metaphorically, I mean. Targeted in a stunning corruption...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Get court OK for eyes in the sky

Sometimes it can seem as if we're playing a game of surveillance whack-a-mole.Just days after the U.S. Senate voted to adopt the U.S. Freedom Act rather than renew the Patriot Act, ending the National Security Agency's far-reaching collection of Americans' telephone...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Editorials

Move to digital medical files will need time

I rarely do follow-up columns. I'm averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill's bust), today's is not a complaint. It's merely a recognition that the...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Local police unlikely to be affected by military surplus bans

EVERETT — The military-style arming of local law enforcement makes for a splashy headline.In recent protests across the country, attention has focused on the use of military hardware by small departments.The reality is that for decades police in Snohomish...

Date: 05/26/2015 | Local News

Freedom Act would rein in NSA's offenses

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.The USA Freedom Act, which the House passed earlier this...

Date: 05/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Law could help remove guns from hands of mentally ill

It has been a year since my niece, 19-year-old Veronika Weiss, was shot and killed in Isla Vista, California, walking to her sorority house at 9:15 p.m. May 23, 2014. She was finishing her freshman year at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was an excellent...

Date: 05/23/2015 | Commentary

Fines a poor way to fund state's courts

The punishment for traffic infractions and other relatively minor violations of state law ought to hurt a little and make us think twice about texting while we drive, speeding or not wearing a seatbelt.Starting July 1 it will be $12 more painful.The state Supreme...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Editorials

End sweep-up of phone data

Americans cherish their privacy — as much as they value their security.Those two values are in some conflict as Congress considers the fate of the Patriot Act, the legislation passed to strengthen national security controls following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Editorials

I-594’s foes fail to show harm

You can't challenge the constitutionality of a law that hasn't harmed you. Or in other words: No harm, no foul.That was the ruling of U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma, who last week threw out a...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Editorials

Bring back council committees

This may be of interest only to those who own a dog-eared copy of "Robert's Rules of Order," the guidebook on meeting procedures written in 1876 by U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Henry...

Date: 05/10/2015 | Editorials

Cities adopt rules on aggressive panhandling, camping

GRANITE FALLS — Aggressive panhandling and unauthorized camping now are illegal here.The City Council unanimously passed two ordinances Wednesday. One bans camping in public parks, streets, sidewalks, alleys or bridges. The other makes it illegal to intentionally block...

Date: 05/09/2015 | Local News

Making a case for states’ rights on marijuana

Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission: trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana.Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge...

Date: 05/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Stay focused on helpful ideas

When faced with a long list of tasks, the temptation is to start with the easiest to complete. Sometimes that can help build momentum toward taking on tougher tasks, but it can also divert attention and energy from the overall goal.That appears to be what happened earlier...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Editorials

Since when is selling cake a religious act?

This is a tough one. My first reaction, when our neighbor-state baker refused to serve a gay couple, was that she ought to have the right to decide who takes her cake. There's a funambulist in me that still wonders. But the crudely hatched, later revised Indiana law has...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lawmakers watering down water quality

Amendments by the state House and Senate to water quality legislation proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee have limited its scope and its ability to take timely action and could also now invite enforcement action by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.The gutting of the...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Editorials

Holding Boeing accountable for tax breaks

So, why should the state be giving Boeing a tax break in the first place?It's easy to see Boeing's interest. In the most recent tax incentive package passed in late 2013, Boeing stands to receive $8.7 billion in savings as the terms of an earlier tax break in 2003 —...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Editorials

Carbon proposals threaten state transportation budget

Improving Washington's infrastructure and transportation system is a top priority for state legislators on both sides of the aisle. This is good news for people who work in the manufacturing and transportation industries and lends an opportunity to create jobs in the state. The one...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Commentary

Assisted suicide doesn’t offer dignity that is sought

The assisted-suicide movement is the rare self-proclaimed civil rights movement that exists to cater to the wishes of affluent Americans. On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 128, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in the state. (Proponents don't...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Corporations’ words and cash clash in Indiana

Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle. After Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a law permitting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, various companies expressed outrage and tried to position themselves as bold defenders of social...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Nursing homes’ low staffing levels raise concerns for care

As a certified nursing assistant at an Edmonds long-term care facility where staffing levels have fallen short for as long as I can remember, I support the Quality Care Act, legislation that would require nursing homes to provide enough caregivers to take care of our most vulnerable...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Commentary

Planned hunt for pot Easter eggs runs into major buzzkill

MONROE — A hazy area of the law led to the cancellation of a hunt for Easter eggs full of marijuana.It all started when employees of Green Valley Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary on Highway 203 in unincorporated Snohomish County, publicized the Saturday event...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Local News

Why must we humiliate those in poverty?

Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law.Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Oil's track record

Point-Counterpoint: Are stronger rules necessary?

Date: 04/05/2015 | Commentary

Quick turn-around shows most on right side of history

The only purpose of the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and other states is to assert that discrimination against gay people is acceptable. The only way to "fix" such measures is to repeal them.As events this week have shown, the nation is...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Reining in payday loan industry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally turned its regulatory gaze to short-term lenders — think payday loan and automobile title loan companies — that build businesses around loans that can't be repaid. The bureau floated a potential rule last week that...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Commentary

French Parliament approves measure against anorexic models

PARIS — In one of the most image-conscious cities on earth, France's Parliament has moved to make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia, as authorities try to crack down on the glorification of dangerously thin women.Other countries including Israel...

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

Court: Yoga doesn’t offend religious freedom

LOS ANGELES — Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn’t violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

Respect would aid debate on our freedoms

Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.The law in question is a version of the 1993 federal Religious...

Date: 04/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

People leading on gay rights; Will R’s follow?

The good news for Republicans: They have a path to victory in 2016. The bad news for Republicans: They are not on that path.At the moment, in fact, they have wandered into a dense thicket and are picking nettles from their skin while being bitten by mosquitoes.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State auditor should step aside

Presumption of innocence and benefit of the doubt are related concepts. The former is a cherished part of our criminal justice system. The latter, a protection of our less formal but still popular court of public opinion.State Auditor Troy Kelley, whose

Date: 04/01/2015 | Editorials

Christian florists, others have right to decide who they sell to

"There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned Monday in a Washington Post opinion piece against Indiana's newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It matters not to the corporate big shot that...

Date: 04/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Databases showed no record of gun ban on MP shooter's father

TULALIP — There is no record in state or federal criminal databases that Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr. was prohibited from buying the Beretta handgun his son used to shoot five classmates at Marysville Pilchuck High School.Fryberg was the subject of a domestic-violence...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Local News

Tech companies gaming work visa system

The libertarian-leaning me believes an American employer should be able to hire pretty much anyone he or she wants to hire. But the taxpaying me believes that if the federal government limits immigration yet creates a special visa program for highly skilled foreign workers with the...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Please, pick up after your dog

How is the dog waste situation in your neighborhood? In North Everett, it is atrocious. Any and all grassy strips between the sidewalk and the road are waste-laden. Property owners will testify the poop doesn't stop there, but rather is just as plentiful on private property. School...

Date: 03/30/2015 | Editorials

A renewed push for equal pay

Since the Equal Pay Act became law in 1963, women have made gains as the gap has closed between what they and men earn working at comparable jobs. According to

Date: 03/26/2015 | Editorials

Tax proposals won't eclipse growth of solar

On the average sunny day, Germany’s huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.

Date: 03/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

One-time tokers need to lighten up on marijuana laws

Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thanks. But it is little.Let's not criticize the sponsoring senators — Rand...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democracy requires sunlight

Sunshine Week, March 15-21, is intended to promote discussion and awareness of issues related to public disclosure and freedom of information laws, considered vital tools not only for journalists but for our democracy itself. And...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Editorials

Support grows for national medical marijuana law

Last year, Congress passed an amendment that barred the Department of Justice from using federal dollars to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized them. Last week, three senators proposed a measure to clean up the federal-state medical marijuana mess once...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A darker side to e-cigarettes

The two sides of electronic cigarettes and their effects on health are coming into sharper focus.Smoking e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, has been promoted as an effective way for people to quit cigarettes and other tobacco products, because they continue to deliver the...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Editorials

Bill would withhold money from districts that don’t file reports

OLYMPIA — Special districts that don’t file financial reports with the state auditor each year as required could be barred from spending the tax dollars they collect.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Local News

FBI struggles to get minorities in the door

The Washington PostWASHINGTON — Local police departments across the country are under increasing pressure to diversify their forces, particularly in light of a scathing Justice Department report about the mostly white Ferguson Police Department’s unfair treatment of African-Americans.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

Vaccination exemptions survive after bill loses steam

OLYMPIA — Parents in Washington can continue citing their personal beliefs as a reason to not vaccinate their school-age children after an Everett lawmaker's effort to get rid of the allowance fizzled...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Local News

Passage of Joel’s Law only a start to fixing the problem

Since 1974 the Involuntary Treatment Act has been law in Washington state. It allows holding someone against their will if they are a danger to themselves or others. Its purpose is to provide evaluation and short-term treatment for the mentally ill. However, the definition...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Commentary

Latest challenge to Obamacare withers in court

The Supreme Court, it would seem, did not want you to see what it was up to on Wednesday.The robed nine were hearing oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a legal effort by conservatives to dismantle Obamacare and probably the most politically charged case to appear before the...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Restore presidential primary

Washington could become a bigger player in the presidential campaign if a bill approved this week by the state Senate and now in the House becomes law.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Editorials

Net neutrality had fewer foes than assumed

Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it "Obamacare for the Internet" (in his world, fightin'...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bill would allow public records fees to be based on size of request

OLYMPIA — An alliance of cities, counties, schools and special districts are trying a new tactic to deal with the challenges created by growing demand for public records.These entities failed the past few years to convince Washington lawmakers they

Date: 02/28/2015 | Local News

Landslide Forum aims to bridge knowledge gap

SEATTLE — Scientists, engineers and planners gathered at the University of Washington this week to learn about landslides and how to best work toward eliminating risks to people and property.The Landslide Forum, organized by the

Date: 02/28/2015 | Local News

E-cigarettes have their place for those who want to quit smoking

As the Legislature considers how it will fund the state's 2016 budget, Gov. Jay Inslee is asking that the Legislature's budget do the following:Apply a 95 percent sales tax on all vapor product devices, components and liquids;

Date: 02/28/2015 | Commentary

Senate passes bill for expanded mapping of hazardous areas

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers are laying the groundwork for the Department of Natural Resources to collect better information on landslide-prone areas and to make it more easily available for anyone who wants it.On Wednesday, the state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Local News

Don’t mess with Texans making their own rules

The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. They were tired of the noise, lights and fumes caused by the 277 gas wells, some placed right next to housing developments. A blowout in 2013 covered homes in clouds of benzene. Some had to be...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Cheap labor — too cheap

Herald editorial: Young athletes should be paid their due

Date: 02/25/2015 | Editorials

Under investigation, junior hockey league seeks labor law exemption

OLYMPIA — While Washington’s four teams in the Western Hockey League are under investigation for child labor practices, the state Legislature is considering a league request to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest

Discerning risk from alarm over food safety

As things now stand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees steaks, chicken thighs and eggs out of their shells. The Food and Drug Administration keeps an eye on salmon, apples and eggs in their shells.Fifteen government entities now supervise food safety, including the...

Date: 02/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bill ties Boeing tax breaks to maintaining jobs in state

OLYMPIA — An Everett lawmaker said Monday she is introducing a bill to reduce Boeing's generous tax break if the aerospace giant trims its workforce in the next 25 years.Democratic Rep. June Robinson said her aim is to ensure...

Date: 02/17/2015 | Business

If gun rights supporters don’t like I-594 change it; don’t break it

What does our state have in common with Georgia? As of a couple of weeks ago, this: Both legislatures now have special limitations on guns at their personal places of work, while keeping them unrestricted pretty much everywhere else. Speaking of hypocritical, I saw a cartoon featuring a...

Date: 02/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sterilization: When justice is just a snip away

Here's a little dinner conversation for your Valentine's Day date: Forced sterilization, yea or nay? After the horrible news recently about a Lake Stevens couple who

Date: 02/13/2015 | Web Monkey

State adopts new logging rule for landslide-prone areas

OLYMPIA — A new state rule approved Tuesday makes clear that anyone seeking to log in landslide-prone areas might have to provide additional scientific data to show the safety of the public is adequately protected.The state...

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

Ortiz-Self bill on children’s remote testimony to get Wednesday hearing in legislature

A bill introduced by State Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self to help childhood victims of crime will get a hearing in the legislature Wednesday.

Date: 02/10/2015 | South County Politics

Hard to forgive Holder for lack of pardons

Thursday morning's "Building community trust" roundtable discussion in Oakland, California, with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders was designed to "build trust between law enforcement and the communities they...

Date: 02/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Parents should keep rights to choose on vaccines

I believe that parents should vaccinate their children. Because children are vulnerable, the media have a responsibility to inform parents about the risks involved when they don't vaccinate their children.Instead, I see news outlets turning vaccines into a political issue...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lawmakers want to include financial information on proposed initiatives

OLYMPIA — This sounds familiar.Voters carve a popular idea into state law with an initiative. Then lawmakers say money isn't available to carry it out and wish aloud that voters had realized this when they marked their ballots.It's been a lament of...

Date: 02/04/2015 | Local News

Crafting a flight plan for drones

Some people intend to be national security threats. Others are just drunk. In the case of Monday's drone crash on the southeast corner of the White House grounds, the immediate problem seems to have been an inebriated pilot. But the underlying issue is that the federal government poorly...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Commentary

Don't limit chance to find job

When someone is released from prison we expect that person to turn his or her life around, get the counseling he or she needs and was ordered to complete, pay restitution and fines, keep community supervision appointments, support himself or herself and, key to most of that, find a...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Editorials

Lawmakers push for wider scope in disaster mobilization

OLYMPIA — Fire officials this week are rekindling their effort to make sure a law that lets them mobilize resources to fight wildfires also applies to major emergencies such as the Oso mudslide.Public...

Date: 01/20/2015 | Local News

Smoking ban is a big success

Once in a while, voters in all 39 counties of the state agree on something clear-cut and specific, the law is implemented, and is effective. Crazy, we know. But it's important to remember we can get things done, for the greater good. Initiative 901 of 2005, which bans smoking in all...

Date: 01/09/2015 | Editorials

Reject legal challenge to I-594

Opponents of Initiative 594, which passed with 59 percent approval and expanded background checks for firearms in Washington, have filed suit in district court in Tacoma seeking a permanent injunction against part of the initiative.

Date: 01/02/2015 | Commentary

Reject legal challenge to I-594

Opponents of Initiative 594, which passed with 59 percent approval and expanded background checks for firearms in Washington, have filed suit in district court in Tacoma seeking a permanent injunction against part of the initiative.The suit,

Date: 01/04/2015 | Editorials

GOP plans conservative legislation juggernaut

Legislators in the 24 states where Republicans now hold total control plan to push a series of aggressive policy initiatives in the coming year aimed at limiting the power of the federal government and rekindling the culture wars.The unprecedented breadth of the Republican...

Date: 01/03/2015 | Nation & World

The need for data on all in-custody deaths

The leaders of a protest movement against excessive police force are weighing their next steps, The Post's Wesley Lowery reported this week. The assessment follows both greater success than anticipated in triggering rallies across the nation and some backlash that blamed the protests...

Date: 12/29/2014 | Commentary

Do not reduce train crews to one

With profit seemingly driving all business decisions, it shouldn't be a surprise that the country's major railroad companies are continuing their quest to reduce freight trains crews ... to one person. Not surprising, but scary.The railroad bosses are united in their desire...

Date: 12/29/2014 | Editorials

Elizabeth Warren is looking out for taxpayers

They like her style. Many liberals adore Elizabeth Warren's populist passion for denouncing predatory conduct by Wall Street — and her linking it to growing income inequality.Though the senator from Massachusetts insists she's not running for president, her fan base...

Date: 12/23/2014 | Opinion Columnists

On anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy, Congress should act on gun laws

Two years ago last week, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation's history. I will never forget the horror of how those children died — shot at close range with a high-powered rifle, with each...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Commentary

Allow veterans access to medical marijuana

Government agencies and legislative bodies, which usually move at a slug-like pace, can act quickly, especially if no one is particularly seeking the change. The Department of Justice announced last week that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Editorials

Too many laws lead to abuse of police powers

President Barack Obama recently spoke of the "simmering distrust" between many police departments and minority communities. The president is correct in his assessment, but dramatically understates the problem.Rather than being just a feature of the minority...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Commentary

Cooperative work will meet needs of farms, fish

Can farms and fish co-exist, and even thrive, in Snohomish County's riverways? As co-chairmen of the Snohomish Sustainable Lands Strategy, we believe the answer is yes — and that fish and farm advocates can make more progress by working together than by fighting each other as both...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Commentary

5 myths about policing

Viewpoints: There are misperceptions on both sides of line

Date: 12/14/2014 | Commentary

Let's start a conversation

Viewpoints: Why racial strife across the U.S. matters here

Date: 12/07/2014 | Commentary

Idaho mom seeks $1 million for injured toddler

LEWISTON, Idaho — The mother of an 18-month-old girl who was injured during an incident with Lewiston police officers seeks $1 million from the city.

Date: 12/06/2014 | Northwest

Basing policy on evidence in Congress

As often as we see instances of partisan politics and gridlock coming out of Washington, D.C., there are occasional glints of light, hope that the stalemate might be broken and we might move forward on any number of issues facing the country.One recent glint is

Date: 12/03/2014 | Editorials

I-594 won’t burden gun owners

Initiative 594, which passed in November with 59 percent approval from Washington's voters, becomes law Thursday.Fears by opponents that the expansion of the background check law will turn lawful gun...

Date: 12/02/2014 | Editorials

Why we don’t know how often police kill civilians

Michael Brown's death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don't want us to know.

Date: 12/02/2014 | Opinion Columnists

A higher minimum wage?

Viewpoints: Pro and con on raising it to $15 and hour

Date: 11/30/2014 | Commentary

Restaurant calorie counts will change how we eat

The airwaves are alive with Thanksgiving and Christmas calorie stories.Makes sense. But are those pecan pie dissections really all that relevant? After all, holidays come around once a year. What's more important is what you take in on normal days.A quick quiz:...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Commentary

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